MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 102.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 102.

January 17, 2019 Alan Royle 0

            Georgia Hale & Charles Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925) The part of Georgia (the showgirl) in the 1925 classic silent film The Gold Rush was specially written by Charlie Chaplin for his new wife, Lita Grey. But the actress had fallen pregnant to him while she was still 15, hence […]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT1

February 17, 2018 Alan Royle 2

It is generally conceded that Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane is loosely based on the career of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. What is not so generally known is that a sub-plot in which Susan Kane has an extra-marital affair was deleted late in the day by Welles himself. […]

DRUGS IN THE SILENT ERA PT 1.

January 20, 2018 Alan Royle 3

  If you have ever wondered about the origins of drug use in Hollywood, when it started and how widespread its use may have been, then this article should provide at least a partial answer to those questions. These days, the practice of snorting coke at parties, even on some […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 13.

September 15, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  CATES, Phoebe                                KLINE, Kevin                                   1989 –   Phoebe Cates is a New Yorker of Jewish/Russian/Chinese descent. Her teenage years saw her on the covers of several teen magazines including ‘Seventeen’, ‘Elle’ and ‘British Vogue’. She even adorned an edition of ‘Andy Warhol’s Interview’. At nineteen she made quite […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 7.

August 8, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  BLOOM, Claire                                STEIGER, Rod                                 1959 to 1969 (div.)   Claire & Chaplin in Limelight Claire Bloom was catapulted into stardom in 1952 when Charlie Chaplin personally selected her for his leading lady in his sentimental drama Limelight. From then until 1954, however, the Shakespearian-trained actress toured with the Old […]

Tragic Hollywood – no end of stories.

December 12, 2015 admin 0

Louise Brooks once described Buster Keaton as the most beautiful man she ever saw. Be that as it may, he was certainly a comic genius. While other funny men relied on slow-cranking cameras and speeded-up images to get their laughs, he mostly worked at normal speed, much of his humour […]

What happened to Thomas Ince?

July 16, 2015 admin 10

  Thomas Ince was a director of silent movies, in particular westerns. In fact, he was known as ‘the father of the western’, a man who produced and directed over 100 features up until his mysterious death in 1924, just three days after his 42nd birthday. The mystery revolves around […]

CHARLIE CHAPLIN – An over-sexed genius.

March 10, 2015 admin 0

For many of Charlie Chaplin’s peers his seemingly effortless grace, style and timing were a wonder, but a source of much frustration. ‘The son of a bitch is a ballet dancer’, wailed comedian W. C. Fields after watching The Great Dictator (1940). ‘He’s the best ballet dancer that ever lived […]